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Deborah | 598 comments I'm ready for 2013! I wish everyone luck in reaching their goal this year.


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Connie Faull | 611 comments Happy New Year & good luck to your reading endeavors in 2013 as well!!!


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Good luck, Deborah! If you're like me, the moment the clock strikes midnight (Okay, as soon as the fireworks are done), you're going to pick up a book and start your 2013 challenge!


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Deborah | 598 comments Connie wrote: "Happy New Year & good luck to your reading endeavors in 2013 as well!!!"

Thanks, Connie. :-)


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Deborah | 598 comments Tiffany wrote: "Good luck, Deborah! If you're like me, the moment the clock strikes midnight (Okay, as soon as the fireworks are done), you're going to pick up a book and start your 2013 challenge!"

Yes, that sounds about right. :-)


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Jess Cattanach (jesscatt) | 217 comments Good luck to you too, Deborah! :)


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Deborah | 598 comments Jess wrote: "Good luck to you too, Deborah! :)"

Thanks, Jess!


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Deborah | 598 comments 1. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

I chose a tome for my first read of 2013. I enjoyed the book, but I didn't think it was quite as good as The Name of the Wind. I thought a couple of parts slowed down the momentum and bogged the book down a bit. 4 stars.

I've never really paid too much attention to how many pages I've read during a year, so I'm going to try and keep track of that here. I'll see how it goes.

Pages read: 1,000


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Deborah | 598 comments 2. The Black Box by Michael Connelly

Detective Harry Bosch of the Open Unsolved Unit is assigned the 20-year-old murder of Anneke Jesperson, a Danish journalist, during the Los Angeles riots of 1992. I didn't like this one as much as other Bosch novels I've read, not that I thought it was bad, but maybe my expectations were too high. I would still recommend it, especially if you're a Connelly fan. 3 stars.

Total pages read: 1,403


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Deborah | 598 comments 3. Hangman by Michael Slade

A serial killer known as The Hangman is committing gruesome hangings in Washington and Canada. A Mountie and a Seattle detective team up to try and solve the case. I didn't care for this one much. The history of hanging and Canadian law were boring to me. I admit that a part of the book shocked me and made me gasp, but that wasn't enough to save this book. 2 stars.

Total pages read: 1,745


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Jess Cattanach (jesscatt) | 217 comments I've got The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear on my list this year. I'm a bit nervous about them due to their size, but I'm glad to see that you still rated the second book 4 stars even if it wasn't as good!


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Deborah | 598 comments Jess wrote: "I've got The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear on my list this year. I'm a bit nervous about them due to their size, but I'm glad to see that you still rated the second book 4 stars even if ..."

Yes, I did like The Wise Man's Fear, but just a smidgen less than The Name Of The Wind. Don't be afraid to read them. Rothfuss is a fantastic storyteller and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.


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Deborah | 598 comments 4. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

This is book 2 in The Dresden Files and Harry has to go up against some badass werewolves. I loved it and can't wait to read the next one. 5 stars.

Total pages read: 2,146


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Deborah | 598 comments 5. Criminal by Karin Slaughter

Another great read for me. I love Will Trent and Slaughter gives us a little more insight into his past. A good portion of the book follows his boss, Amanda Wagner, when she was a Atlanta police officer in 1975. I wasn't sure I was going to like having less of Will, but I got completely absorbed in the story. 5 stars.

Total pages read: 2,582


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Deborah | 598 comments 6. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

I didn't enjoy this one as much as previous books in the series and I'm not really sure why. Mac seemed more annoying than usual. Maybe I'm getting bored with this series, I don't know. The book did keep me interested enough and the ending does make me want to find out what happens next. 3 stars.

Book page count: 389
Total pages read: 2,971


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Deborah | 598 comments 7. First Murder by Fred Limberg

Tony de Luca has been a detective for only 14 hours when he catches his first murder. The victim is Deana Fredrickson, who is much loved and respected. Along with his veteran partner, Ray Bankston, they try to determine who would want to murder Deana. I thought the book started out a bit slow, but it picked up and I was kept guessing to the very end. 3 stars.

Book page total: 304
Total pages read: 3,275


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Deborah | 598 comments 8. The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick

This is the third book in the Chathrand Voyages series and it picks up exactly where the previous one ended. I don't know why Redick's books are not more popular. He's a really good storyteller and I feel this book has been the best in the series, so far. I was happy to find out that there is a fourth and final book. I've ordered it and should be receiving it soon! 5 stars.

Pages read: 574
Total pages read: 3,849


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Deborah | 598 comments 9. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Another good adventure with Harry Dresden, this time going up against ghosts and a demon, with a little help from his friends. I did feel Harry got the crap beat out of him a bit too many times in this one, but still a fun read. 4 stars.

Pages read: 436
Total pages read: 4,285


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Deborah | 598 comments 10. The Lost Boy by Mark Sheldon

Dan Regal lives in an orphanage and on his 12th birthday, he receives a visit from a stranger, who claims to be the principal of a school for children with special gifts and invites Dan to attend the school. This was a quick read and I thought the book was okay, kind of Harry Potterish, but I didn't like it enough to continue with the series. 2 stars.

Pages read: 137
Total pages read: 4,422


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Deborah | 598 comments 11. My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall

I like reading celebrity autobiographies just to get the behind the scenes of how TV shows and movies are made, but with each one that I have read, I'm convinced that most of them are dysfunctional and flaky at best. I did enjoy reading about Penny's childhood which perfectly explains her flakiness. 3 stars.

Pages read: 352
Total pages read: 4,774


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Deborah | 598 comments 12. The House of Dr. Edwardes by Francis Beeding

This was the basis for Hitchcock's "Spellbound" and set in an asylum in France. I read this on my kindle and I thought it was mostly boring, with a few interesting parts. The many spelling errors were a distraction for me. 2 stars.

Pages read: 314
Total pages read: 5,088


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Deborah | 598 comments 14. Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry

An ancient evil has returned to Pine Deep, a rural town in Pennsylvania and bad things begin to happen. I love a good horror story and this book definitely has the gore, but it wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. Don't get me wrong, the story was good, but I think some of the hokey dialogue kept from truly enjoying it. 3 stars.

Pages read: 480
Total pages read: 5,568


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Deborah | 598 comments 15. Pillar's Fall by Ben Larken

Detective Thomas Pillar is investigating some grisly murders and all the clues lead to lonely, twelve-year-old Seth Morrissey. This was a pretty good, gore-filled horror book. This is supposed to be the first in a series, but after doing a search, I was not able to find any information on book two. So, I don't know if I'll get to know what happens next. 3 stars.

Pages: 285
Total pages read: 5,853


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Deborah | 598 comments 16. Wolf to the Slaughter by Ruth Rendell

This is one of the earlier novels in the Inspector Wexford series, which is set in Kingsmarkham, England and the first one that I've read. A free-spirited young woman goes missing and the detectives try to find out what may have happened to her. I thought it was okay and I liked how the mystery played out, but I didn't find any of the characters one bit likable. 2 stars.

Pages: 216
Total pages read: 6,069


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Deborah | 598 comments 17. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate is counting the days until he can get out of Gatlin, South Carolina, the small town he has grown up in. Then, Lena Duchannes moves into the town's oldest and creepiest plantation. She is branded an outcast from the get go, but Ethan is drawn to her and can't quite figure out why. I really enjoyed this one, even though I'm not the biggest fan of YA books, (except for a few exceptions) but I was intrigued when I saw the movie's trailer. I really didn't need to start another series, since I have so many I'm already reading. Oh well, I'm hooked. 4 stars.

Pages read: 577
Total pages read: 6,646


message 26: by Deborah (last edited Mar 12, 2013 06:34PM) (new)

Deborah | 598 comments Round up for February ( a little late)

Books read: 9, oops, I missed a book, it was actually 10.
Favorite: The River Of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
Least favorite: Wolf To The Slaughter by Ruth Rendell
Total pages read: 3,371

Not bad for a short month.


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Alison G. (agriff22) | 540 comments Definitely not too bad for a short month! I finished 2 but they were real short and Im still plugging away on the big honker I started on February 1.


message 28: by Kelani (new)

Kelani | 205 comments I am on the waiting list for Beautiful Creatures! Glad you enjoyed it.


message 29: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 598 comments Alison wrote: "Definitely not too bad for a short month! I finished 2 but they were real short and Im still plugging away on the big honker I started on February 1."

I'm not doing as well this month, only 3 read so far, like you, I started a huge book at the beginning of the month. ;-)


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Deborah | 598 comments Kelani wrote: "I am on the waiting list for Beautiful Creatures! Glad you enjoyed it."

Yes, I really enjoyed it. I hope you do as well. :-)


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Deborah | 598 comments 18. The Chosen by Sheenah Freitas

Kaia's village is burnt to the ground and she is rescued by a god who requests her help finding the treasures of the gods, hoping to prevent a dire prophesy from coming true. The only other survivor from her village, Reeze, is appointed her guardian. This started off a little slow for me, but I ended up enjoying the book. 3 stars.

Pages read: 220
Total pages read: 6,866


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Deborah | 598 comments 18. The Night of the Swarm by Robert V.S. Redick

The final book in the Chathrand Voyage series and I had bittersweet feelings reading it, knowing that this was the last one. I read it slowly to savor it and I loved every word up until the last several pages. I was so disappointed in the ending. I didn't know whether to throw the book across the room or cry tears of frustration. I really loved this series and I would still recommend reading it, because despite what I thought of the ending, someone else may find it to their liking. 4 stars.

Pages read: 685
Total pages read: 7,551


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Deborah | 598 comments 19. Towards the Wiccan Circle - A Practical Introduction to the Principles of Wicca by Sorita D'este

An interesting and informative read about Wicca. 4 stars.

Pages read: 180
Total pages read: 7,731


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Deborah | 598 comments 20. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut by Rob Sheffield

Author Rob Sheffield writes about growing up in the eighties and each chapter's title is a song that was significant to him. It was interesting enough and was good for a few laughs, especially when he was relating a story about one of his jobs, it had me laughing out loud with tears in my eyes. 3 stars.

Pages read: 274
Total pages read: 8,005


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Deborah | 598 comments 21. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey is one funny lady. I was laughing though out this book. 4 stars.

Pages read: 264
Total pages read: 8,259


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Deborah | 598 comments 22. Hammerhead Ranch Motel by Tim Dorsey

The sequel to Florida Roadkill, I didn't like this one as much as the first book. Too many nutty characters, not enough Serge and too much skipping around. 2 stars.

Pages read: 354
Total pages read: 8,623


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Deborah | 598 comments March Roundup:

Books read: 10
Favorite: The Night Of The Swarm by Robert V.S. Redick
Least favorite: Hammerhead Ranch Motel by Tim Dorsey


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Deborah | 598 comments 23. Hush by Anne Frasier

Ivy Dunlap is a criminal psychologist and is asked to help in the investigation to find The Madonna Murderer who preys on newborns and their unwed mothers. This was a first time author for me and I really enjoyed it. 4 stars.

Pages read: 384
Total pages: 9,007


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Deborah | 598 comments 24. Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson

I've been getting into urban fantasy lately, which I thought I never would and I really enjoyed this one. I liked the characters, especially the main one, Scarlett. Loved her sense of humor and spunky attitude. The ending was a big surprise and I can't wait until the next book in the series to be released. 4 stars.

Pages read: 293
Total pages read: 9,300


message 40: by Deborah (last edited Apr 27, 2013 07:47PM) (new)

Deborah | 598 comments I am way behind on updating my list. So here's a quick rundown.

25. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher--Another good read in the Harry Dresden series. 4 stars. ~ 446 pg.

26. Play Dead by Anne Frasier--I can't even remember what this one was about. I must have liked it because I gave it 3 stars. ~ 388 pg.

27. Darkness by John Saul--I haven't read a Saul book in ages. I didn't care for this one much. 2 stars. ~ 373 pg.

28. Play With Fire by Dana Stabenow--This one wasn't as good as others in the Kate Shugak series. I didn't care for the ending much either. 3 stars. ~ 324 pg.

29. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning--I really enjoyed it. The best one in the series so far. 4 stars. ~ 498 pg.

30. The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan--A freebie on my kindle. I liked it well enough. 3 stars. ~ 314 pg.

31. Into the Fire by David Wiltse--Another book I don't remember, just that involved a serial killer. I gave it 3 stars. ~ 372 pg.

32. Angel Fire by Lisa Unger--Another book about a crazy serial killer. 3 stars. ~ 306 pg.

33. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia--Started off a little slow, but once it got going, I enjoyed it. 4 stars. ~ 503 pg.

34. Dead City by Joe McKinney--A story about zombies that was set in my hometown of San Antonio. Hee Hee. Enjoyed it. 3 stars. ~ 288 pg.

35. The Impaler by Gregory Funaro--Again, another story about a crazy serial killer. The book started off good, but about half way through, the author decided to go into a different direction by describing one of the characters whole life story. I thought that ruined the momentum of the book, brought it to a dead halt in my opinion. 2 stars. ~ 472 pg.

36. From Within by John M. Dow--A nice gory, horror story. I thought the ending was a bit lacking, but I thought it was a decent read. 3 stars. ~ 297 pg.

Whew, I'm caught up. Total pages read: 13,881


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Deborah | 598 comments I can't believe it's been over a month since my last update. Yikes!

37. The Penal Colony by Richard Herley--Even though it had it's moments, I just couldn't really get into it. 2 stars. ~ 311 pg.

38. Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone--The first book in the Godsland series. It wasn't bad for a freebie. I wanted to see what happened next. 3 stars. ~ 239 pg.

39. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning--Last book in the MacKayla Lane series and I pretty much enjoyed, but Dani and her way of speaking got on my nerves. 4 stars. ~ 671 pg.

40. Inherited Danger by Brian Rathbone--Second book in the Godsland series. It dragged a bit in a couple of spots, but I still want to read the last one in the series. I want to know how it ends. 3 stars. ~ 276 pg.

41. The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo--This book had a promising start, but then I just got bored with it. 2 stars. ~ 323 pg.

42. Pines by Blake Crouch--I was confused quite a bit reading this one, but it did all become crystal clear by the end. I did read somewhere that this was going to be made into TV show. I'm not 100% sure of the network, but I think it was FOX. 3 stars. ~ 315 pg.

43. Castle Lake by Thomas A. Ryerson--A story about the consequences of an accidental shooting of a young girl. This was a hard one to get through, I didn't like the way it was written. 2 stars. ~ 288 pg.

44. Demon Lord by T.C. Southwell--The main character in this book was so unlikable that I don't know if I want to continue with this series. My husband told me that they do get better. 2 stars. ~ 286 pg.

45. Busted (Novella) by Karin Slaughter--This novella featuring Will Trent was really good and whet my appetite for the next Trent novel, Unseen, being released in July. I can't wait! 4 stars. ~ 68 pg.

Total pages read: 16,658


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Deborah | 598 comments 46. Subterranean by James Rollins

Archaeologist Ashley Carter leads a team of specialist to explore a labyrinth far beneath the ice in Antartica. Totally farfetched, but still an entertaining, action-filled read. 4 stars.

Pages read: 420
Year Total: 17,078


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Deborah | 598 comments 47. Trail of the Dead by Melissa F. Olson

The second book in the Scarlett Bernard series. Scarlett is pressured into helping investigate the murder of two witches. Along the way, she learns more about her former mentor, Olivia. I thought this was a good follow-up to Dead Spots and I'm really looking forward to the next one. 4 stars.

Pages read: 297
Year total: 17,375


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Deborah | 598 comments 48. Joyland by Stephen King

I have been reading King's books for over thirty years now and he has rarely disappointed me. I loved this book. I wouldn't really consider this a hard case crime type of book, but it is a wonderful story. Devon Jones is a twenty-one year old college student who spends the summer working at an amusement park. This is a coming of age story that includes a mystery to solve, and of course, since it is a King book, a touch of supernatural. I know I stated it already, but I loved this book. 5 stars.

Pages read: 283
Year total: 17,658


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Deborah | 598 comments 49. Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath

Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is trying to catch a serial killer who has dubbed himself "The Gingerbread Man" all while having a very bad week. I enjoyed the book very much. The humor scattered throughout had me laughing out loud, especially how the FBI and there profiling techniques were portrayed. I wish I had discovered this series sooner. 4 stars.

Pages read: 298
Year total: 17,956


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Deborah | 598 comments 50. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
I didn't think this book was quite as good as the previous ones in the series. There didn't seem to be much happening until about the last third of the book. Maybe it's just me, but the series seems to be running out of steam. It did keep me interested enough to want to see how everything ends though, so I'll definitely get the last book. 3 stars.

Pages read: 516
Year total: 18,472


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Deborah | 598 comments 51. Blood Soaked and Contagious by James Crawford

A different twist on zombies, they are intelligent, fast and strong. A lot of humor, too, sometimes a little too much, still an enjoyable read though. 3 stars.

Pages read: 335
Year total: 18,807


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Deborah | 598 comments 52. The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

This book takes place in Germany,1660. A boy is pulled from a river with the mark of the witch upon him and the town's midwife is suspected of the deed. Hangman, Jakob Kuisl is called upon to determine, by torture, if she is a witch. Jakob does not believe that she is guilty. Along with his daughter Magdelena and Simon, the town's young doctor, investigate to find the real killer. I thought this was an excellent read. 4 stars.

Pages read: 448
Year total: 19,255


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Deborah | 598 comments 53. Lost Cargo by Hollister Ann Grant

An alien spaceship crash lands in a Washington D.C. park. A murderous creature escapes and the galactic animal control officer that was transporting it, has to find and recapture it. This was just an okay read. One of the characters was always doing something completely stupid to put herself in danger. I dislike it when an author does this, it is so annoying to me. 2 stars.

Pages read: 220
Year total: 19,475


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Deborah | 598 comments 54. Night Birds' Reign by Holly Taylor

This one is another twist on the King Arthur story and part of a trilogy. Gwydion, a Dreamer, has a prophetic dream that the new High King (Arthur) is about to be born and it's his duty to protect him from any harm. I thought it started out a bit slow, but I eventually got wrapped up in the story. 3 stars.

Pages read: 538
Year total: 20,013


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